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Pennsylvania

  • November 16, 2018

    Pa. Court Rejects Bid For Occupational Illness Time-Bar Reset

    A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled on Friday that a landmark ruling greenlighting tort claims over occupational diseases with long latency periods, which would otherwise be resolved under the workers' compensation system, did not open a new window for lawsuits over years-old diagnoses and deaths.

  • November 16, 2018

    Allstate Fights Electrolux Bid To Trim Dryer Fire Suit

    Allstate Insurance Co. has countered Electrolux Home Products Inc.’s efforts to duck punitive damages for fires caused by certain types of clothes dryers in a Pennsylvania federal court, with the insurer pointing to multiple indicators the company allegedly knew for years that its dryers were unsafe.

  • November 16, 2018

    Pirates, Stadium Share Blame In Foul-Ball Injury, Jurors Told

    A Pittsburgh woman struck in the head by a foul ball at PNC Park blamed the injury for derailing her promising career, but the attorney for the company that installed the safety netting pointed a finger at the Pirates, the stadium’s designers and the woman herself in the opening arguments of a state civil trial Friday.

  • November 16, 2018

    Pa. High Court Won't Hear Roots Leaders' Discovery Appeal

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania rejected a petition of appeal from members of the Roots, including drummer Questlove, who have been fighting producing their tax returns in a former bandmate’s lawsuit over being cut out of the band’s profits.

  • November 16, 2018

    Brand Battles: Eagles Aim To Sack 'Philly Special' TM

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Philadelphia Eagles file their first case over the trademark rights to their famous “Philly Special” trick play, and Warner Bros. says there's no place like TTAB to file a case over a "Wizard of Oz"-themed craft beer.

  • November 16, 2018

    13 States Urge 1st Circ. To Back Massachusetts' AR-15 Ban

    The attorneys general for 13 states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief with the First Circuit on Thursday supporting Massachusetts' long-standing ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, saying states have the right to pass gun restrictions to protect their residents. 

  • November 16, 2018

    Stevens & Lee Defends Staffer's Firing In Sex Bias Suit

    Stevens & Lee PC says it had legitimate reasons to terminate a legal assistant who claims in a federal lawsuit that she was fired for trying to take advantage of family leaves to deal with medical complications she and her daughter faced as she returned to work after giving birth.

  • November 15, 2018

    Insurer Must Face Fraud Claim Over Release, 3rd Circ. Says

    An insurer may be held liable under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act in a suit alleging a company agent fraudulently induced a woman into releasing one of its other customers from liability over a car crash, the Third Circuit said Thursday in a precedential opinion reviving her class action CFA claim.

  • November 15, 2018

    Pa. Justices Snub Appeal In Axed Foreclosure Fee Case

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Thursday it would not hear an appeal of a decision refusing to revive class claims accusing Udren Law Offices PC of illegally collecting excessive fees in connection with mortgage foreclosure actions against homeowners.

  • November 15, 2018

    UPenn Dental Affiliate Beats Ex-Dentist's Race Bias Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal jury has concluded that a University of Pennsylvania-affiliated dental practice didn’t discriminate against a black former dentist who claimed he was paid a far lower starting salary than his white peers and ultimately forced to quit due to alleged hostility he faced from a supervisor.

  • November 15, 2018

    Pa. Panel OKs Firing Bus Co. Worker For Stopping Sick Driver

    A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision Thursday finding that the state’s whistleblower law provided no protection to an employee at a bus company who was fired after she proactively worked to prevent an unqualified driver from getting behind the wheel.

  • November 15, 2018

    3rd Circ. Says Fannie, Freddie Investors Not Owed Relief

    Two Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investors are not entitled to relief in a suit alleging the Federal Housing Finance Agency diverted the companies’ profits to the government’s pockets, the Third Circuit ruled in a precedential decision on Wednesday, finding that the agency had the statutory authority to do so.

  • November 15, 2018

    Judge Won't Quash AGs' Subpoenas In Generic Pricing MDL

    The New York and Connecticut attorneys general can keep sending subpoenas to drugmakers as part of their broader investigations into generic-drug price-fixing, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled, despite the drug companies’ concern the investigations were circumventing the discovery process for a sprawling multidistrict litigation.

  • November 15, 2018

    Pa. Judge Slams Ethics Violation Ruling Over Lewd Pics

    A Pennsylvania judge has declared that a state ethics board should not have found him in violation of conduct rules last month for viewing pictures of naked women on a personal computer he kept in his chambers.

  • November 15, 2018

    Skadden, Baker Botts Steer $100M Sale Of Wood Flooring Biz

    Pennsylvania-based Armstrong Flooring Inc., with assistance from legal adviser Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, has agreed to sell its wood flooring business to private equity firm American Industrial Partners, advised by Baker Botts LLP, for $100 million, the companies said Thursday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Ex-NFLer Can't Use Judge To Nix Concussion Award Rejection

    The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the NFL concussion settlement rejected an appeal to reverse a decision that overturned an award for a player who had been diagnosed with neurocognitive impairment, saying the objection must be sent to the claims administrator.

  • November 14, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Stock-Drop Suit Against Ocwen Affiliate

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a securities fraud class action against an Ocwen Financial Corp. affiliate whose stock tumbled following its parent company's regulatory troubles stemming from the housing crisis in the mid-2000s, ruling in a precedential decision that the suing funds didn't plausibly allege the fraud cost investors billions.

  • November 14, 2018

    BofA Sheds Pa. Firm's Claims Over Account Phishing Scheme

    A federal judge has rejected claims that Bank of America Corp. breached its contract with a Philadelphia-area law firm by failing to stop a half-a-million-dollar wire transfer initiated after a partner fell victim to a phishing scheme.

  • November 14, 2018

    3rd Circ. Urged To Back Ruling In $377M Foreign Income Row

    The Internal Revenue Service urged the Third Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a U.S. Tax Court decision finding an additional $377 million in taxable income for a U.S. shareholder, saying that loan guarantees from offshore subsidiaries trigger a requirement to include the subsidiaries’ earnings.

  • November 14, 2018

    Pa. Band ‘Church Girls’ Can’t Duck Trademark Counterclaim

    A Pennsylvania indie rock band suing over the name “Church Girls” can’t shake an identically named Florida band’s counterclaim that the Philadelphia-based group knew about its counterpart when it registered a trademark for the name, a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • State Net

    Voters, Courts Slowly Take Lawmakers' Redistricting Power

    Rich Ehisen

    Thanks to the passage of ballot measures in this month's elections, Missouri, Colorado and Michigan have joined 13 other states that use independent commissions or other bipartisan or nonpartisan means to create legislative or congressional districts, or both, to combat gerrymandering, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • State Trust Taxes Ripe For Constitutional Challenges

    Toni Ann Kruse

    Fielding v. Commissioner of Revenue is the most recent in a series of cases that have used the U.S. Constitution to curtail the ability of states to impose their income taxes on nongrantor irrevocable trusts. Toni Ann Kruse and Melissa Price of McDermott Will & Emery LLP discuss the implications of this trend.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Press Pause Before Using Biometric Tech In The Workplace

    Robert Quackenboss

    As demonstrated by a recently filed class action against a hospital housekeeping company in Illinois federal court — Byczek v. Xanitos — the ever-changing legal landscape surrounding biometric data should give employers pause when considering its use in the workplace, say Robert Quackenboss and Madalyn Doucet of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Should Juries Try To Predict FDA Drug Labeling Decisions?

    Alan Klein

    The U.S. Supreme Court's review of Merck v. Albrecht promises to shape the way decisions of regulatory agencies — such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s rejection of a drug manufacturer’s proposed label warning — can be interpreted by juries, say Alan Klein and Matthew Decker at Duane Morris LLP.